Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Sun Sets on Liberty

"The Sun Sets on America," via The People's Cube:

But see The Blog Prof, "Liberty Dies With Thunderous Applause!" Also, from Mark Steyn, "Happy Dependence Day!", via Memeorandum.

But have no doubt: The sun will rise again. And come November we'll hear for whom the bell tolls.

Plus, at NYT, "
House Approves Health Overhaul, Sending Landmark Bill to Obama," and "A Major Victory, but at What Cost?":
The House’s passage of health care legislation late Sunday night assures that whatever the ultimate cost, President Obama will go down in history as one of the handful of presidents who found a way to reshape the nation’s social welfare system.

After the bitterest of debates, Mr. Obama proved that he was willing to fight for something that moved him to his core. Skeptics had begun to wonder. But he showed that when he was finally committed to throwing all his political capital onto the table, he could win, if by the narrowest of margins.

Whether it was a historic achievement or political suicide for his party — perhaps both — he succeeded where President Bill Clinton failed in trying to remake American health care. President George W. Bush also failed to enact a landmark change in a domestic program, his second-term effort to create private accounts in the Social Security system.

At the core of Mr. Obama’s strategy stands a bet that the Republicans, in trying to portray the bill as veering toward socialism, overplayed their hand. Fueled by the antigovernment anger of the Tea Party movement, Republicans have staked much on the idea that they can protect the country by acting as what the Democrats gleefully call the “Party of No.”

Now, armed with a specific piece of legislation that offers concrete benefits to millions of people — and that promises to guarantee insurance for many who found it unaffordable or unattainable — the White House and Democrats believe they may have gained the upper hand.

“This only worked well for the Republican Party if it failed to pass,” David Axelrod, one of the president’s closest political advisers, said at the White House as he watched the vote count for the final bill reach 219 in favor. “They wanted to run against a caricature of it rather than the real bill. Now let them tell a child with a pre-existing condition, ‘We don’t think you should be covered.’ ”

But there is no doubt that in the course of this debate, Mr. Obama has lost something — and lost it for good. Gone is the promise on which he rode to victory less than a year and a half ago — the promise of a “postpartisan” Washington in which rationality and calm discourse replaced partisan bickering.

Never in modern memory has a major piece of legislation passed without a single Republican vote. Even President Lyndon B. Johnson got just shy of half of Republicans in the House to vote for Medicare in 1965, a piece of legislation that was denounced with many of the same words used to oppose this one. That may be the true measure of how much has changed in Washington in the ensuing 45 years, and how Mr. Obama’s own strategy is changing with the discovery that the approach to governing he had in mind simply will not work.


Dave said...

Our only hop now is that this thing gets ripped out by the courts, because there is no way it will ever be repealed.


Indigo Red said...

And then there's Al Sharpton's sudden outburst to FOX News tonight -

Indigo Red said...

And then there's Al Sharpton's outburst to FOX tonight -

Chris McClure aka Panhandle Poet said...

Passage of ObamaCare is a major step in the destruction of state and local governments and the continued consolidation of power in Washington. If the trend is not reversed, Communism is only a step away.

Anonymous said...

hey i think we might have to add education reform to the "to do" list, your first commenter can't sell "hope".

Rich Casebolt said...

I am reminded of the line of Jeffery Pelt in The Hunt for Red October.

Listen, I'm a politician which means I'm a cheat and a liar, and when I'm not kissing babies I'm stealing their lollipops.

Keep that line in mind when you read Mr. Axelrod's statement about children and pre-existing conditions ... for his dirty little not-so-secret is that he is living up to this description.

He is stealing their future to fund his "promise" for today.